Portola Springs Irvine

The Portola Springs Irvine community features many exciting neighborhoods that offer brand new construction homes for sale.  Up to date information and property details on Portola Springs can be found here.

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One of the common features that is now starting to be sold with homes in Irvine are solar panels.  It was only a few years back when there was a limited number of properties being sold with panels but this is not the case anymore.  In fact, when the green movement moving full speed ahead many owners are looking to do their part in utilizing the many sunny days that we have here in Irvine to their advantage.  One thing that is still the same is that some buyers still don't understand what it means to buy a home with panels on it as there are a variety of situations that it can be transferred to the new buyer.  We will go over a few of these options here.

First, the most common way current homeowners have solar panels on their home is by leasing them.

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One of the more popular places to find rental properties in the Irvine area is the Portola Springs community.  One of the reasons for it's popularity is that there is a wide range of properties that can be found here from New Construction to properties that were built in the last several years.  This area of Irvine has seen a real increase in the number of homes over the years due to it's prime location near the 241 and 133 freeways that connect down 5 and 405 freeways making it easier to commute to work.  Rental prices for Portola Springs will vary depending on if the property is a condo or single family home.  For example, two bedroom condos with an approximate 1,304 square feet currently start at $3,600 a month while a four bedroom single family home

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One of the best places to find some of the largest inventory of new construction homes being built in 2021 can found in the city of Irvine.  There are always seems to be some neighborhood or a new development being developed in Irvine that allows home buyers to buy a brand new home direct from the home builder.  Because the demand for these types of homes has not gone down in recent years home builders continue to produce some really nice homes that are available for sale.  We did a quick search and currently have found 30 properties that are on the market for sale with home construction to be completed in 2021.  If you are thinking about purchasing a new home this is a really great time with low interest rates and a lot of great options.

Probably one

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The city of Irvine has several neighborhoods that offer luxury rentals for those looking for an upscale home in a premier neighborhood.  When we talk about luxury we are doing a search for rentals in the Irvine area that are over $10,000 for per month. The large majority of these homes are long term leases where the owners of the properties are asking for a length of a lease for at least 12 months or more.  Some of these properties have negotiable or month-to-month lease terms so we always recommend checking with a local real estate agent to see which properties offer these kind of lease terms.  There are several neighborhoods where we see luxury rentals which are described here.

The most prestigious place to find a luxury rental is in the Shady Canyon

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One of the common features that agents have been using in Northern California is sharing info on what properties that have that will be coming on the market.  This was a section on the Multiple Listing Service that was private and not made aware to the general public.  What they found out was that many homes were being sold before they even came on the market.  Agents would be working with clients that were looking for a specific type of property and were able to find these kinds of homes using this private search.  The type of search has trickled down to our local multiple listing service here in Southern California which is starting to impact the makeup of homes that are available in any given city.  For Irvine, the low inventory of homes has got a

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Irvine for the most part doesn't have income properties that many beach communicates will have like duplex, triplex and four-plex units.  There are sill a lot of investment opportunities in Irvine if you know where to look.  With the rise of vacation rental websites like Airbnb and VRBO many Irvine home owners have decided to make their homes available for short term rentals.  This is especially magnified with COVID19 as many California residents are not to travel long distances and instead are electing to do shorter vacations and stay at designated vacation rental homes.  We have seen a huge spike in clients wanting to stay in rental homes for short periods of times all throughout Southern California including Irvine.  It's worth mentioning that many

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A request that we often get from buyers who are looking in the Irvine is wanting to find a home with a main floor Master Bedroom.  This is common request for those who are getting older in age and prefer not to use any stairs.  Many of the homes in Irvine are two stories so what we typically see happening is our clients using the first level for their own Master Bedroom and use the upstairs for family members and grandchildren. There are many homes in the Irvine area that offer main floor bedrooms but are not necessarily designated as the Master Bedroom of the home.  We found the following homes that do offer dedicated Master Bedrooms on the ground level.

One of the most affordable options currently on the market can be found in the Sage at Portola

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One of the newest things to pop up in recent weeks is a public virtual open houses.  This is different concept than a traditional open house where anyone can just drop by and go into the house.  One of things that is the same is that the home is open during a certain time, typically from 12 noon to 4pm or so.  Typically you will have a real estate agent that is at the home and will have present to do a virtual walk through of the home with online software like Zoom that allows multiple people to engage with the real estate agent. This is typically how it works.

A link is sent to the prospective buyer via the real estate agent.  The buyer clicks on the link and engages with the real estate agent during the times of the open house.  This would be similar

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Irvine is a true gem for those looking for a current or former model home listed for sale.  One of the reasons for this is that there always seems to be brand new construction neighborhoods being constructed all of the time.  Each neighborhood often has 3 model homes that have been highly upgraded to show off the potential for what a buyer can buy in that particular neighborhood. These properties are initially not offered for sale since the builder is trying to sell all of the other homes in the community first before they even think of selling some of the models.  Of course, once the neighborhood is close to being sold out the model homes are often released out to the public for sale.  Prices for these homes will vary a lot and depends on how motivated

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Some of the first homes to come on the market in the Altair Irvine community have just been released.  Altair is one of the many new communities in the Irvine area that will offer 10 different neighborhoods located near the new OC Great Park and Portola Springs community.  Real Estate prices are expected to start at under $1.3 million and go up above the $2.3 million dollar price point.  Due to the large scale nature of building 693 single family homes and 147 condos there will be two dedicated home builders. Toll Brothers has been designated to build 4 of the 10 neighborhoods which Lennar homes will be building the remaining 6 homes.  Both of these companies have a solid reputation for building homes in Southern California with quality craftsmanship and

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